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Michigan City Man Charged with Felony Burglary

Terry Thomas
(Photo Courtesy of Michigan City Police)
Police in Michigan City today announced a 35 year old man has been charged with felony burglary regarding an incident that took place on Friday, October 18th, in the 19-hundred block of Wabash Street. Police report the occupant of the home thought she heard a sliding glass door open on October 18th, but did not see anyone, and police responded, but could not locate a suspect. The next day, October 19th, the 19 year old victim and her mother were notified of suspicious charges made on their debit/credit cards. On Tuesday, October 22nd, based on information from gathered from the investigation, a suspect was developed and identified as Terry Thomas, of Michigan City, who was subsequently arrested and charged. ...

IN Responders Go to NY for Super Storm Sandy Reunion

DHS Logo
A group of four responders from Indiana, three of which are from the region, returned to Long Beach, New York, today for a “thank you” celebration marking the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reports the group had lunch, watched a video detailing recovery efforts and visited places that have recovered from the storm. The three northwest Indiana members of the group are Paige Connelly, Porter County Telecommunications Dispatcher; Mike Webber, Porter County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director; and Lori Postma, a nurse and Emergency Preparedness and Bio-terrorism Coordinator for Franciscan Alliance in Munster.
A letter was read during the event from Governor Mike Pence to the City of Long Beach, which highlighted what an honor it was for Indiana to aid neighbors on the East Coast, and expressed support for the continuing recovery process. ...

Elderly Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash

Highland Police
A two-vehicle crash around noon today in Highland resulted in the death of an elderly woman. Highland Police Commander George Georgeff says initial indications are that the woman was driving her vehicle in the parking lot of the Highland Post Office when she began driving erratically, possibly due to a medical condition she was experiencing. Her vehicle struck the corner of a building, just south of the Post Office, and veered out into southbound traffic on Kennedy Avenue where a large truck traveling south struck the driver's side of her vehicle.
Commander Georgeff says the woman, whose name has not yet been released, had to be extricated from her vehicle and she was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she died a short time later. The truck driver was not injured in the crash. Indiana State Police are assisting in the investigation and the Lake County Coroner's Office has been notified....

World Stroke Day October 29th, 2013

World Stroke Day T
To help raise awareness of the United States's 4th deadliest killer the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are observing World Stroke Day today. 
According to the American Heart Association, even though strokes are largely preventable, treatable and beatable, every 40-seconds someone somewhere in the U.S. suffers a stroke. 
Facts on strokes provided by Ryan Johnson, Director of Communications of the American Heart Midwest Region show that one in six people will experience a stroke in their lifetime and every six seconds someone dies from a stroke.  Strokes happen across the planet with 15 million strokes reported worldwide that claim nearly 6 million lives annually.  In addition, statistics show that African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first stroke over their Caucasian counterparts.  
Johnson says the most important, controllable risk factor for the disease is high blood pressure, which can be controlled through diet, exercise and medication. 
Recognizing stroke warning signs and calling 911 during a stroke emergency to get the stroke victim into immediate treatment at a hospital is crucial to surviving a stroke.
It is also extremely important that the hospital's attending emergency room physicians have been specially trained by the American Heart Association's standards to look for signs of stroke. 
Ryan says a Region woman who suffered a stroke in 2002 felt a sharp pain in her neck and then her right arm started to hurt and after a while the woman did not want to talk and could not open her eyes.
According to Ryan, she was rushed to ER where a CT scan showed no signs of a stroke but the attending doctor, who received special stroke training from the AHA, ordered an MRI which showed she suffered a stroke. and says the woman has recovered and is a stroke survivor who works to spread the message about stroke.
To help better the odds of surviving, the American Stroke Association has fashioned the acronym "F.A.S.T." to remember stroke warning signs, "F" for face drooping, "A" for Arm Weakness, "S" for Speech difficulty and "T" for Time to call 911 for any of those symptoms--even if the symptoms go away.
According to the National Stroke Association's website that fewer than 20-percent hospitals of major hospitals are stroke certified, but Ryan says northwest Indiana is an exception citing Methodist Hospitals.  Methodist is the recipient of the American Hear Association and the American Stroke Associations' "Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award." 
The award is given to hospitals who put into practice a higher standard of stroke care be ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations including aggressive use of medications t Pa, antithrombotics, anticoagugulation therapy,DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.
Methodist hospital is partnering with the American Heart Association in offering FREE stroke screenings.  The first screening will be held on Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at their Midlake Campus at 2269 W. 25th Avenue in Gary and two other free screenings at Methodist Hospital's Southlake campus at 200 E. 89th Avenue in Merrillville.
The screening includes heart attack and peripheral artery disease risk assessments,and a stroke screening with blood pressure and carotid bruit checks. Registration is required. Call 1-888-909-3627.  More information about stroke as well as heart disease is available at:

Fire at Broadway Cafe in Valpo

A fire this morning at the Broadway Cafe in Valparaiso will keep the business closed for the time being until their sprinkler system can be repaired. Valparaiso Fire Department Battalion Chief Les Abraham says they were called to the scene at the corner of Sturdy and Morthland, on US 30, just after 10:30am. Chief Abraham says the fire began in a small storage room due to paper products being stored too close to the water heater, causing them to burn, but the sprinkler system kept the fire under control until crews arrived and put it out.
Fire damage was contained to the storage room, with smoke and water damage to the building. Chief Abraham says there were patrons at the business at the time the fire was called in and there were no injuries....


Famous Flick from Film Immortalized in Hammond

A famous “Triple Dog Dare” is now immortalized in Hammond.  Officials today unveiled a new permanent bronze statue of the character Flick from the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story”, a film classic inspired by the stories of Hammond-native Jean Shepherd.  [Photos/Karl Berner, Radio One Communications]
Just before the start of the annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to see Flick, a character from the classic Christmas movie “A Christmas Story,” get his tongue stuck to a flag pole in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.
Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in the movie, unveiled the statue during a news conference this morning.
“The South Shore CVA wanted to do something special for our 30th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story,’” said Batistatos. “In honor of Jean Shepherd and the movie, the iconic “Triple Dog Dare” scene will be immortalized on one of the Indiana Welcome Center’s flag poles.”
The Flick statue was commissioned by the South Shore CVA in January 2013 and was created, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, by Timeless Creations – The Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. In addition to the creation of Flick, Rotblatt-Amrany’s studio created the Orville Redenbacher statue in Valparaiso, as well as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas and Harry Carey in Chicago.
The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 9 and run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323. For more information on the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or special events, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, at 219-554-2229 or visit

Cedar Lake to Step Up Patrols for Halloween

Many Region communities will be holding traditional trick-or-treating hours on Thursday, including the town of Cedar Lake. Chief of Police Gerald "Jerry" Smith says on Halloween they'll be stepping up patrols.  "We triple the size of the normal patrol that would be out there," Smith said, "and the fire department provides most of their firefighters and a lot of their equipment. And, what we do is, we divide up areas of the town and all the emergency vehicles drive around and we keep our flashers on so that we can easily be spotted, and we drive around and make sure that everybody's safe during the hours of trick-or-treating." Chief Smith says bike patrols will be on the streets as well during trick-or-treat hours, which are from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. Thursday night in Cedar Lake.
You can hear more from Chief Smith in our Region Newsmakers interview at regionnewsteam-dot-com

Crash on Kennedy Avenue in Highland

Region motorists are advised of an accident scene blocking traffic in the area of Kennedy Avenue and LaPorte in Highland.  We're getting reports of a multi-vehicle crash in the area, not far from the Post Office.  This is just a little north of Ridge Road in Highland....

State Panel Forwards New Grading System

A State Board of Education panel has assembled and forwarded a new model for grading Hoosier schools that would look at test score improvement and performance. A vote by the state board is expected next month. The proposal keeps the A-through-F letter grades. The panel is also recommending new state reading tests for the first, second, ninth and eleventh grades. In April, the General Assembly ordered the state board to come up with a new formula by November 15th of this year after complaints about the current one.


Moxie to Comfort Kids in Juvenile Court System

An eight-week old American Mastiff pup is about to become Lake County's new therapy dog.  Her handler, incoming Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak, Jr., says after Moxie finishes her training, he hopes to have her visit with youth in the juvenile system and also interact with visitors at the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center.  He also said children who are detained at the center will be able to request a visit with Moxie if they behave....

Cities, State Eye Federal Monies to Raze Vacant Homes

A proposed program could provide 50-to-70 million dollars in federal funds toward tearing down abandoned homes in Indiana. Last night, representatives from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority held a public forum in Gary as the state explores using the Hardest Hit Fund to demolish blighted and abandoned homes to also stabilize property values in affected communities, and similar hearings are coming up throughout Indiana in coming months. Roughly thirty-percent of Indiana's foreclosed homes are believed to be abandoned --the highest percentage in the country. Gary reportedly has an estimated ten-thousand vacant homes. ...

Valparaiso Introduces Water, Sewer Rate Increase

In Valparaiso, the city council is considering a plan to raise water and sewer rates in three phases, adding a total of just under 12-dollars to an average customer's sewer bill and just under nine-dollars for five-thousand gallons of water a month by 2016. The schedule of increases was introduced at last night's council meeting and is expected to get a final vote November 11th. The first increase would take effect the first of the year. Valparaiso had been considering making a switch to Lake Michigan water, but city officials say a study showed that would have cost more. ...

New Health Clinic Opening at Hobart High School

St. Mary Medical Center and the School City of Hobart are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon (Tue Oct 29) for the new Brickie Community Health Clinic, a health center at the High School on East 10th Street. The center is designed to serve the entire student population and staff in the Hobart school system. The clinic is located in the athletic trainer's old office, and services offered include physical exams, blood draws, and immunizations....

Gas Below $3 at Some Stations Monday

Gas was spotted at below three-dollars a gallon at some stations in the Region Tuesday, but how long those prices will remain, remains to be seen.  This morning, most of the posts on the Gary GasBuddy site showing below-three-dollar-gas were back up to 2.98 or 2.99, and all were in or around Valparaiso.  The Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report shows the current average for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Gary Metropolitan Area at about 3-dollars-18 cents....

Fall Decorations Make Great Compost

Compost piles
(Photo Courtesy of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County)
Residents of Porter County are being asked to keep their organic fall decorations out of trash and bring them to the Recycling and Waste Reduction District sites in Boone Grove or Valparaiso. Public Education Coordinator Donna Stuckert says all of those once-live fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, mums, corn stalks, hay, etc., are accepted at either the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, or the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West. Stuckert says doing so will help to reduce waste and landfill space.
Regular season hours for the Valpo site are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.  Regular hours for the Boone Grove compost site are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
To learn more about the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit

Chesterton HS Marching Band 2013 State Champs

A region high school marching band took home the first place trophy at the Indiana State School Music Association's competition over the weekend. The Trojan Guard of Chesterton High School were crowned 2013 Scholastic Class “A” State Champions on Saturday. The event was hosted by Lawrence Central High School of Indianapolis....

LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week: Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon
(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 33 year old man wanted on warrants in LaPorte County for felony fraud, felony forgery and violation of felony forgery is this week's LaPorte Police Department's “Wanted Person of the Week.” LaPorte Police report Michael Shannon is described as 5'8”, weighing 192 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Shannon is asked to contact 9-1-1 and you can remain anonymous....

Valparaiso Man Injured in High-Speed Crash

A 19 year old man was hospitalized after a high-speed chase with police which resulted in a crash Sunday. Authorities report Nicholas Lamm, of Valparaiso, led officers on a chase through Porter County's Union Township, at speeds around 100 miles per hour, after police reportedly saw him run a red light at County Road 250 West and Indiana 130. The vehicle ended up leaving the roadway at Indiana 149, went airborne, sheered a telephone pole and hit a tree, causing Lamm to be ejected from the vehicle. ...

Jason Aldean Tour Bus Fatality in Knox County

One of country music's biggest stars was involved in a fatal accident overnight. ABC News reports Country star Jason Aldean's tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian in Knox County, Indiana, early this morning. Knox County Sheriff Michael P. Morris confirms Aldean was on board at the time of the crash. The man, identified as Albert Kennedy, of Vincennes, reportedly walked into the path of the bus traveling north on US 41. He was pronounced dead at the scene....

Man Listed as Wanted Person of the Week in Custody

timothy cooper
(Photo Courtesy of LaPorte Police)
A 50 year old man previously listed as the LaPorte Police Department's “Wanted Person of the Week” was taken into custody over the weekend. LaPorte Police report Timothy Cooper had been wanted on a warrant issued by LaPorte Circuit Court for two-counts of failure to appear for original charges of failure to register as a sex offender and sex offender registry violation, both of which are felonies. ...

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